Aaron Kromer will be the interim-interim coach of the New Orleans Saints. Kromer will replace Joe Vitt, who is set to serve a six-game suspension that begins sometime after the final preseason game and before the season opener against the Washington Redskins on September 9. Vitt is filling in for head coach Sean Payton who is serving a season-long suspension.
Kromer, the Saints offensive line/running game coach, has 22 years of coaching experience. His appointment allows offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, Jr. and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to focus on their respective sides of the ball.
“This was a difficult decision because we have several coaches on our staff that would do a great job in this role,” Loomis said in a release distributed by the Saints. “Ultimately, I wanted to have the least amount of change with both the offensive and defensive staffs, and maintain the most continuity with the program that has been in place for the last six years.”
Kromer has been on the Saints staff since 2008 and has been in charge of the offensive line for the past three seasons. Quarterback Drew Brees says the team has the utmost confidence in Kromer’s abilities.
“Aaron knows Sean’s system very well and how he would be expected to operate this team,” Brees said. “We have a very strong coaching staff and Aaron is a coach that is very well respected in our locker room.”
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